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Adult Lectures

Check out the list below for upcoming lectures at the CMA. Interested in viewing past lectures? Visit the YouTube playlist here.

See also our annual lecture series.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wed., May 29, 2019, 6:00 pm
Recital Hall

A central feature of Japanese culture for many centuries, the veneration of kami deities—a practice often referred to as Shinto—has been a driving force behind a broad range of visual art.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Tue., June 4, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., August 6, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

Clarissa von Spee leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tue., April 9, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., April 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., May 7, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., May 14, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., June 12, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., June 18, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Learn about the “way of the kami” in this series of talks led by Sinéad Vilbar in the exhibition Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. Find out who the kami are, how they are worshiped, and the artistic creations they inspired.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., April 9, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., April 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., May 7, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., May 14, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., June 12, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., June 18, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall

Learn about the “way of the kami” in this series of talks led by Sinéad Vilbar in the exhibition Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. Find out who the kami are, how they are worshiped, and the artistic creations they inspired.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 6:30pm
  • Wed., June 26, 2019, 6:30 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Cai Guo-Qiang joins David Stradling, co-author of "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland", for a lively discussion of Cai’s art and social and environmental matters in the context of the exhibition. Moderated by Philip Dodd, award-winning BBC broadcaster and former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., July 9, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Wed., September 11, 2019, 6:00 pm
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery (230)

Curator Barbara Tannenbaum leads a gallery talk on Water: Edward Burtynsky, which draws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impa

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Tue., June 4, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., August 6, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

Clarissa von Spee leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Tue., July 16, 2019, 12:00 pm
  • Tue., September 17, 2019, 12:00 pm
Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

Jennifer DePrizio, director of interpretation, leads a gallery discussion highlighting the ways in which monsters were used in the Middle Ages to instill fear, communicate morality, maintain power, and explain natural phenomena.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Tue., June 4, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Tue., August 6, 2019, 11:00 am
  • Wed., September 4, 2019, 6:00 pm
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery

Clarissa von Spee leads a tour through the exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning, which features three monumental gunpowder-ignited works that reflect the artist’s thoughts on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Wed., August 14, 2019, 6:00 pm
Gartner Auditorium

Explore animals both real and imaginary in the Middle Ages with Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator of the Department of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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